London Faculty

Ben Street

Lecturer, MSc Art, Law and Business



Ben Street is an art historian and writer. He has lectured on a range of art historical periods for the National Gallery, Tate, the Royal Academy and Dulwich Picture Gallery. As a writer he has contributed to a variety of publications, including ‘Body of Art’ and ‘Flying Too Close To The Sun’ (both Phaidon) and museum catalogues for the Royal Academy and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, where he was curatorial consultant on the exhibition ‘The Shape of Time’ (2018). Ben is a contributing writer for Art Review, Art Quarterly and Apollo magazines and has produced interpretative guides for major exhibitions at Tate, the Royal Academy and the National Gallery. He was the presenter and co-author of ‘Duchamp’s Urinal’ for BBC Radio 4.



With Nicholas Logsdail, Christopher Le Brun, New Painting, Cornerhouse Publications, 2018

Art Unfolded: A History of Art in Four Colours, Ilex Press, August 2018

The Truth About Art (working title) (the first in a series of books for children about art), Thames and Hudson, forthcoming 2019

Words to Help you Talk about Art, (working title), Lawrence King Publishing, forthcoming 2019/20

Papers and Essays 

'America after the Fall' Exhibition in Focus Guide, Royal Academy, 2017

‘P.H.’, catalogue essay on Paul Housley, Belmacz Gallery, London, 2017

‘Morten Skrøder Lund’, catalogue essay, Belmacz Gallery, London, 2018

‘Christopher Le Brun’, catalogue essay for New Painting: Christopher Le Brun, Cornerhouse/Lisson Gallery, London, 2018

Catalogue essays for The Shape of Time, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, 2018

Essays for Flying Too Close To The Sun, Phaidon, 2018

‘New Position’, catalogue essay for If I Was Your Girlfriend, Belmacz Gallery, London, 2018

Book reviews:

Collecting the World: The Live and Curiosity of Hans Sloane, by James Delbourgo, Art Quarterly,  2017

The Sovereign Artist: Charles Le Brun and the Image of Louis XIV, by Wolf Burchard, Art Quarterly, 2017

Modern Painters, Old Masters, by Elizabeth Prettejohn, Art Quarterly, 2017

Plundering Beauty: A History of Art Crime During War, by Arthur Tompkins, Art Quarterly, 2018

The Love of Painting: Genealogy of a Success Medium, by Isabelle Graw, Art Review, 2018

59 Paintings: In which the artist considers the process of thinking about and making works by Paul Winstanley, Times Literary Supplement, 2018

A Corner of a Foreign Field, by George Shaw, Times Literary Supplement, forthcoming

Broadcasting (Previous and Forthcoming):

Punt PI: Taking the Pissoir? (BBC Radio 4), interviewed by Steve Punt, 2017

CrowdScience: Can We Trap Light in a Box? (BBC World Service), interviewed by Marnie Chesterton, 2018

Art on the BBC: The Nude (BBC Four), forthcoming 2019

Ongoing Research

Ongoing Research

Ongoing Research

Applied for doctoral research on the late paintings of Philip Guston at the University of East Anglia with Ed Krcma, 2019